Designing effective organizations: the sociotechnical systems perspective

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Wiley, Apr 27, 1988 - Business & Economics - 200 pages
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Many organizational designs are possible, and some are better than others. An effective organization produces excellent results by any standard measure while enhancing the energy and commitment of its members. In the past 40 years, sociotechnical organizational development has proven more successful than any other system in improving bottom-line organizational effectiveness while also paying attention to human values. This book brings together information found scattered throughout the literature and in unpublished documents. Presenting a coherent, jargon-free account of successful sociotechnical design of organizations, it addresses the often difficult prospect of organizational change and presents numerous real-life examples.

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Environment
7
The Social System
25
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William A. Pasmore, Ph.D., is Partner at Mercer Delta Consulting, a firm that specializes in consulting to chief executive officers and senior teams on maters of organizational design and transformation. For many years, he served as a Professor on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University, where he taught courses in organization development and engaged in a number of collaborative research projects with a large variety of companies. He is the author/editor of 20 books in the field, including (most recently) Relationships That Enable Enterprise Change (with R. Carucci) (Pfeiffer, 2002) and Research in Organization Change and Development (15 volumes with R. Woodman) (JAI Press, 1990).

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